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January 28, 2021

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It’s legal to grow and distribute – but only by the anointed

Byron based medicinal cannabis producer is sending cannabis to Germany in a breakthrough $92m deal yet the humble plant remains illegal for locals and continues to put people behind bars.

Other News

Why Pat Morton?

Ballina's Cr Jeff Johnson is raising a motion to re-name culturally significant local sites at today's council meeting.

Teddy Sheean VC remembered in Ballina

Member for Richmond Justine Elliot spoke to a group who gathered at the Ballina Naval and Maritime Museum this week to remember Victoria Cross winner, Teddy Sheean, who was awarded the highest award for bravery in 2020.

Cr Darlene Cook: more to Lismore City Council than roads, rates and rubbish

In the first of a series about those who are putting their hats in the ring to be the next mayor of Lismore, Cr Darlene Cook talks about the issues close to her heart, for the city at the heart of the Northern Rivers.

Conspiratorial breaths

R Podhajsky, Ocean Shores Thanks to the Collins English Dictionary 4th edition, for insight to the realm of words. Conspire...

Interview with Phil Manning of Chain

Phil Manning picked up the guitar at 15. He’s been playing now for nearly 58 years. This year, Chain play the Byron Blues Festival.

Ballina Shire Australia Day award winners

The Ballina Shire Australia Day Awards were announced at the official celebrations held on this morning at the Lennox Head Cultural Centre.


Arts in focus: Cloud Forest

With just four weeks to go until the opening night of Shearwater’s 2016 Wearable Arts Performance Event, ‘Cloud Forest’, the Mullumbimby Steiner school is buzzing like a jacaranda full of bees.

Wearable Arts is a major event in the high school’s performing arts calendar, showcasing costumes created by Shearwater students, staff and the wider community.

According to head of school Greg Parkes, the learning program throughout the secondary years allows students to acquire the multiple skills necessary to produce the show. 'Leadership, teamwork, collaboration, resilience, ingenuity… all these are evident as students from Years 7 to 11 choreograph the sections, construct sets, props and costumes, evolve and refine their designs and arrive at sophisticated solutions to some very tricky technical problems.'

According to Wearable Arts coordinator Josh Rushton, 'the show is deeply enmeshed in the whole substance of what we do here at Shearwater'.

'The story is drawn from the life of teaching and learning and is deeply concerned with the passage of students from adolescence to adulthood. The students’ engagement in the experience teaches them logic, consequences and cause and effect; encourages and fosters heartfelt idealism, and cultivates will, so they can go into the world as responsible, confident and

capable adults.'

‘Cloud Forest’ runs from Wednesday November 2 till Saturday November 5. Tickets on sale now  shearwaterperformingarts.com. Enquiries 6684 3223.

Photos: Cloud9 ImageArt

Byron School of Art

There are plenty of workshops and short courses on offer at Byron School of Art over the next coming months with Kellie O’Dempsey’s Expanded Drawing proving to be a popular addition to the Weekend Workshop program.

BSA has two silkscreens to give away to the first two people who sign up to Anne Leon’s Screenprinting Workshop! A great opportunity to set yourself up for working at home. You have until 21 October to apply for our 2017 year-long courses.

Don’t forget to drop into the BSA Project Space, with solo and group shows opening on most Friday nights until the end of the year. It’s a great way to see the diverse work of local artists including our current long-course students.


Tweed Regional Gallery and MOAC

Resolution: contemporary Indigenous photomedia

A National Gallery of Australia exhibition.

Until Sunday 4 December 2016

The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) exhibition Resolution: New Indigenous Photomedia showcases work produced by contemporary Indigenous artists working with photography and new media. Drawing on works from the NGA collection, this exhibition features new work by leading and emerging Indigenous makers: Michael Aird, Tony Albert, Brook Andrew, Ali G Baker, Daniel Boyd, Megan Cope, Brenda L Croft, Nici Cumpston, Robert Fielding, Nicole Foreshew, Ricky Maynard, Danie Mellor, Steaphan Paton, Damien Shen, Darren Siwes, Christian Thompson, Warwick Thornton, James Tylor and Jason Wing.

Opening Hours: Wednesday–Sunday 10am–5pm

Free admission

2 Mistral Road (Cnr Tweed Valley Way),

Murwillumbah South, NSW

Lismore Regional Gallery

Extraordinary images by one of Europe’s best architectural photographers, Lucien Hervé: When do we cast off for happiness? showing at Lismore Regional Gallery. Hervé combines an architect’s eye with uncluttered abstracted compositions.

From the collection of local curator Pierre Chevalier, the exhibition features Hervé’s photos of three major creatives of the 20th century: Le Corbusier, father of modern architecture; Niemeyer, sculptor of monuments; and Matisse working on his masterpiece, the Chapelle de Vence.

Wanting more? A documentary on Hervé screens daily, and the curator’s talk is 11am Thursday 20 October.


Heath Franco, HOME TOWN Sunrise, 2016, digital image, inkjet print on cotton rag, 27 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney
Heath Franco, HOME TOWN Sunrise, 2016, digital image, inkjet print on cotton rag, 27 x 40 cm. Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Pompom, Sydney

Left: Kathryn Dolby, Two, Acrylic on board, 2016
Left: Kathryn Dolby, Two, Acrylic on board, 2016

NRCG  Exhibition All New Home

Guest curators Sharne Wolff and Jane Denison take over Northern Rivers Community Gallery (NRCG) this October to present All New Home – an exhibition exploring the idea of ‘home’ through the eyes of four artists working across different media.

Award-winning video and performance artist Heath Franco joins local emerging artists Kathryn Dolby (painting), Gregory Furney (ceramics) and Natalie Grono (photography).

Rail trail debate

Geoff Meers, Suffolk Park It was good to read David Lisle’s comprehensive and reasoned discussion of the history of the Casino to Murwillumbah rail corridor....

No respect

Chibo Mertineit, Lillian Rock Once again it’s that time of the year where we are meant to celebrate Australia day on 26 January. The day...

A window of trust

Baden Offord, Ocean Shores Wholeheartedly agree with Dave Rastovich’s spot-on letter regarding the value and benefit of The Echo, that it is a ‘trusted window’ (Letters,...

Conspiracy and pubs

Art Burroughes, Mullumbimby Regarding my article Conspiracy in the Pub becomes talking point (Echo, 20 January). How can we avoid falling foul of the growing tsunami of...